Health experts agree that wearing a mask is one of the healthiest and most responsible things we can do during the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, donning a face covering in public helps stop respiratory droplets from folks possibly infected with the disease from being spewed into the air, where they can be inhaled by healthy people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But with this necessary safety step, a new skin issue is, well, popping up: “maskne.” The name is pretty self-explanatory: acne caused by wearing a mask. While you may be surprised by the skin irritation, there are measures you can take to prevent or treat it to get your clear skin back.
The increase of mask wearing and the growing need for sanitization measures have left our skin damaged.
Our faces are more dry, with flaking patches and full of unsightly blemishes. Some of us even experience breakouts which may result in acne. Though these masks protect us from the viral transmission of COVID-19. We are still worn out by the irritation to our skin from wearing masks all day.
Now known as maskne, which are acne breakouts caused by wearing masks, we are all desperate for a quick solution.
Maskne Is the Result of a Perfect Storm of Factors That Cause Acne
It’s distressing to start seeing spots pop up on your face again. “Masks can lead to acne breakouts for two main reasons. Direct friction promotes inflammation, which drives breakouts. Masks also promote breakouts indirectly by trapping moisture and allowing for overgrowth of microorganisms on the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
When it comes to the first issue, friction, Dr. Zeichner points out that this is called “acne mechanica.” It’s a common problem among athletes. Active bodies are hot, sweaty bodies, and that increase in heat and moisture, combined with the rubbing of sports equipment or clothes on skin, creates an environment for acne to thrive, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
You know you might have maskne if these breakouts appear near “the edge of the mask where the shield touches the skin and throughout the areas covered by the mask,” says Lucy Chen, MD, a board certified dermatologist at Riverchase Dermatology in Miami.
How to prevent Maskne?
Easy 3 Step Treatment to cure Maskne
- Moisturize with Purified Sugar Beet Root in snowperk Balancing Moisturiser Gel-Cream
- Layer on with oil controlling NO.2 Pore Minimising Boosterfor refined and flawless skin
- Strengthen skin with NO.6 Skin Soothing & Hydrating Boosterfor gentle but powerful protection for acne-prone skin
Step 1 – Moisturise with Purified Sugar Beet Root in snowperk Balancing Moisturiser Gel-Cream
Receive ALL DAY, 24 hour moisturising protection with our snowperk Balancing Moisturiser Gel-Cream. Featuring Sugar Beet Root extract, its protective hydrating benefit coupled together with its smooth and soft feel are great for those who are experiencing dry skin or acne breakouts from mask wearing during this COVID-19 period.
What is so good about Purified Sugar Beet Root Extract?
With the incessant wearing of masks, your skin barrier is more compromised. Protecting your skin barrier is the first step to preventing maskne breakouts.
Sugar Beet Root is known as an osmoprotectant which helps control the water balance in cells. It has been proven to greatly improve the skin moisturisation levels by strengthening the skin barrier.
Sugar Beet Root is also great for hands care. Featured in a Personal Care North America Oct issue, Purified Sugar Beet Root Extract has been known to be able to protect and hydrate the skin from excessive drying from hand sanitizers.
The article discussed the benefits of the Sugar Beet Root Extract in skin care. The results from three studies are as concluded:
- Sugar Beet Root Extract as an amino acid derivative, naturally maintains skin cells water balance. In dry skin, skin cells are under hyperosmotic stress which can cause water efflux and cell shrinkage. Sugar Beet Root Extract as an osmolyte can attract the water movement under this stress to retain original cell volume and hydration.
- Sugar Beet Root Extract can strengthen the skin barrier by increase the cells tight junction to limit the water evaporation from inside skin cells.
- With only 3% added to the skin, there was significant and long lasting moisturising effects on the skin in just 4 weeks based on ingredient supplier clinical study.
Step 2 – Layer with oil controlling NO.2 Pore Minimising Booster for refined and flawless skin
The next step after protecting your skin barrier from mask friction, is to control your sebum levels.
Gliding smoothly and gently on the skin, snowperk NO.2 Pore Minimising Booster features Miniporyl™ (red clover flower extract) that decreases sebum rate by 17% and reduces the appearance of pore size for a refined and perfect skin in only 15 days**
**Based on ingredient supplier consumer study
Formulated with Red Clover Flower and Australian Lemon Myrtle, these two exquisite extracts work together to help reduce the size and appearance of pores and protect against urban-life induced
skin’s oiliness for a flawless skin appearance.
Layer on our booster after applying the moisturizer for double the protection and double the benefits.
Defend your skin against maskne and achieve a healthy inner glow!
Step 3 – Strengthen skin with NO.5 Skin Soothing & Hydrating Booster for gentle but powerful protection for acne-prone skin
Having the mask on the whole day creates a moist environment that is a great breeding ground for certain microorganisms. With 25% prebiotic technology in our snowperk NO.5 Soothing & Hydrating Booster, the skin’s microbiome is gently rebalanced and is stronger in immunity.
Canadian Willowherb is used by Native Americans to sooth the skin. 30% Canadian Willowherb mixed with snowperk balancing gel-cream exhibits an antimicrobial effect to fight off inflammation.
Consumers experience a reduction in blemishes and their skin is clearer in just 4 weeks (based on ingredient supplier consumer study).
Together, this maskne-fighting trio combines the actives to synergistically aid in achieving healthy glowing skin with a blemish and acne-free appearance.
Some basic skin-care habits, such as washing your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser. Look for one that’s oil-, fragrance-, and sulfate-free. Apply a lightweight moisturizer (look for those that are more lotion-like than creamy) on top. If you are wearing the mask for a long period of time, avoid applying makeup in the mask area, too. No one can see that area, anyway.
You can also check out our Special anti-maskne bundle set: Soothing & Brightening Set today!
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